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Jeff Wendorff's bird photography portfolio includes several swan species from the family Anatidae.


Swans are birds of the family Anatidae within the genus Cygnus. The swans' closest relatives include the geese and ducks. There are six living and many extinct species of swans. Swans usually mate for life, although divorce sometimes occurs, particularly following nesting failure. If a mate dies, the remaining swan will take up with another. The number of eggs in each clutch ranges from three to eight.

Swans are the largest extant members of the waterfowl family Anatidae, and are among the largest flying birds. The largest species, including the mute swan, trumpeter swan, and whooper swan, can reach a length of over 1.5 m (59 in) and weigh over 15 kg (33 lb). Their wingspans can be over 3.1 m (10 ft). Compared to the closely related geese, they are much larger and have proportionally larger feet and necks. Adults also have a patch of unfeathered skin between the eyes and bill. The sexes are alike in plumage, but males are generally bigger and heavier than females.

The swan species in Jeff's portfolio include:
Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
Trumpeter Swan, Cygnus buccinator
Whooper Swan, Cygnus cygnus

The collective nouns for swans are varied and fun! A group of swans is called wedge when they're in flight. Other collective nouns include a bevy, a herd, a game, or a flight. Lastly, swans on the ground can also be called a bank.

Swans are beautiful birds, and we see them in a couple of my photography workshops. If you enjoy bird photography, you should check out my website. Not only will I take you on trips to find cool birds, but I'll help you be your best photographer. Check my website for details.
Mute Swan - Emiquon National Wildlife RefugeMale Mute Swan PortraitSub adult Mute Swan PortraitFemale Mute Swan PortraitMute Swan, Cygnus olorMute Swan AdultMute Swan JuvenileMute Swan with CygnetMute Swan PortraitMute Swan - Georgian Bay, OntarioEye to Eye - Mute Swan in FlightWait What? - Mute Swans in FlightPerfect Par - Mute SwansTrumpeter Swan, Cygnus buccinatorTrumpeter Swans  Yellowstone NPTrumpeter Swan in Winter - Yelllowstone ParkWhooper Swan in the Altai Mountains of MongoliaWhooper Swan OB River MongoliaTaking Flight - Whooper Swan in Mongolia